Today In Sports History: April 8

David Busst is stretchered off the field
David Busst is stretchered off the field Photo credit: Image - Getty

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out live sport all around the globe, but history will never be erased.

While you contemplate streaming yet another Netflix drama or re-watching the Cricket World Cup semi-final from 2011, here are some stories that were making news in years past on April 8.


Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King Photo credit: Getty

Major League Baseball's Opening Day is postponed, due to the assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King four days earlier.


West Indian left-handed batsman Alvin Kallicharran scores an unbeaten century on test debut against New Zealand in Georgetown.

Some of the great names on display in that match include Gary Sobers, Gordon Greenidge and Glenn Turner, who scored a then-NZ record 259 two days later. 


Oliver McCall beats 45-year-old Larry Holmes for the WBC heavyweight title in a 12-round decision. 

Holmes would continue fighting another seven years, before hanging up his gloves, aged 52, off the back of four straight wins.


The moment Busst's leg snaps against Manchester United.
The moment Busst's leg snaps against Manchester United. Photo credit: Getty

Coventry City defender David Busst breaks his right leg in a horror collision with Manchester United pair Dennis Irwin and Brian McClair.

Busst needed three hours of surgery for an open fracture of the right tibia, an injury that left his bone sticking out of the flesh, and was told he would be out for at least a year.

But he developed an infection and his professional career ended seven months later, after 26 operations.


Tiger Woods accepts the Green Jacket
Tiger Woods accepts the Green Jacket Photo credit: Getty

American Tiger Woods receives the traditional 'Green Jacket' from former champion Vijay Singh of Fiji, after winning the US Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Woods prevailed in an extraordinary final-round shootout to add the Masters title to the US Open, British Open and PGA Championship crowns he already held for a monopoly of golf’s most prized trophies - dubbed the ‘Tiger Slam’.

"To win four in succession, it’s hard to believe," said Woods. "You have to have your game peak at the right time, have some luck, get some breaks... some of the golfing gods are looking down at me the right way."


Kiwi Jo Edwards wins the bowls singles gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. 


1963 - Former England cricket captain Alec Stewart 
1973 - NZ Olympic swimmer Henry Tongue

Gennady Golovkin
Gennady Golovkin Photo credit: Getty

1982 - Kazakh boxer Gennady 'Triple G' Golovkin, regarded as one of the world's best 


1995 - Former NZ test cricketer Maurice Allom, who took a hat-trick on debut, aged 89.

Newhub's top sports story 12 months ago… 

Auburn University gymnast Sam Cerio suffers horrific double leg break

An American gymnast from Auburn University had to be carted out in a stretcher from a regional gymnastics event, after suffering a horrific leg injury during a routine.

Samantha Cerio landed awkwardly, when she attempted a double-front with a blind landing on her first tumbling pass at the Baton Rouge Regionals in Louisiana.

While Auburn didn't provide an injury update, it's been reported that Cerio dislocated both her knees, as well as breaking both legs.

"It was pretty tough to watch," Auburn coach Jeff Graba told the Times-Picayune newspaper.